Caserios are housing projects intended for people of low income. In Puerto Rico, this social project started after the 1950’s with the implantation of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a process by which the first governor was elected by popular voted on 1952, Mr. Luis Munoz Marin. He headed a social project called Manos a la Obra (Hands at Work), through which the government gave shoes, food, and housing to every poor person in the country. This was done as an effort to bring forth a better quality of life and economic progress to the island.
What was at first conceived as a program that improved the socioeconomic position of the country, with a modern infrastructure, food stamps, etc., has provoked with the passing years a complete dependence on federal aid, food stamps and other benefits coming from the United States. One of the negative results of this dependence is concentrated on what is called caserios. Actually, these housing projects, in their majority, are drug points where arms deals and money laundering takes place. With this panorama, it is difficult to think of a hopeful future for generations to come. Childhood is affected by the great marginalization and opression as a product of violence. The project that I propose consists of a 3-channel video that shows a group of citizens, apparently, in one of the condos where illegal transactions take place. The second part consists of a still shot of a caserio, like a postcard; the stationery image represents the utopia ideal of the advancement of modern thought based on the architecture as one of the solutions to our ailing society. Finally, a third group consists of takes that shows a group of children playing jump rope. As the take gets closer, we realize that the handles of the rope have been replaced with real guns. This project is a reflection on historic and social processes of a society, facing the fast paced rhythm of globalization. In turn, it questions the possibility of a more lively humanity in the next generation, regardless of the world that we live in.